Hollywood Broncos - The Top 5 Movies Featuring The Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco has been a genuine off-road legend ever since it first rolled-off assembly lines in Dearborn in 1965. Its combination of simple but tough mechanics, powerful engine options, great styling, and a "go anywhere" attitude proved to be a winning combination.
As we all know, over the years the Bronco grew into one of the biggest names in its segment, but that success wasn't enough to withstand the test of time. In 1996, Ford decided to retire this proud model and concentrate on softer, more civilian models that lacked the original Bronco's appeal or rugged charm -- the Bronco's departure marked a period when the "soft" SUV segment was booming.
Fortunately, after over 20 years of pseudo-off-roaders filling the streets and highways, real off-road models are back, and the 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport are the real signs of this upcoming trend. Once again, Bronco is a well-designed, rugged, capable, and dependable off-roader with a long list of standard and optional equipment to capture the attention of car enthusiasts anywhere.
Over the years, Ford Bronco has been featured in many movies, commercials, music videos, and even in TV news segments. It's been driven by numerous celebrities from the film and music business and has been used as the basis for insane and incredible restomod vehicles, that have combined classic styling with modern technology.
That's why it isn't surprising that so many movie producers have chosen this model to take on the role of sidekick in their films. Today we'll tell you more about the Top 5 Best-Known Broncos featured in the movies.
With California's ex-governor in the leading role, a great plot, a memorable soundtrack, and fantastic action scenes, Terminator 2 is a '90s classic we still have in our VHS collection.
Bronco fans will surely remember this one, because Arnold Schwarzenegger drives a rugged '82 Bronco while trying to save John Connor. Although the Bronco is only seen in a couple of scenes, it is a memorable appearance, since it perfectly fits Schwarzenegger's role.
Even though the Ford Bronco was never a performance vehicle, although it's won its share of off-road races, the 1994 movie "The Chase" featured it in a crazy highway chase. Driven by Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player, Flea, this insane and customized Ford Bronco made this movie memorable, although Flea's driving skills were not that good.
During the '70s, Charlie's Angels was one of the most popular TV series. In 2000, movie producers decided to turn it into an action-comedy movie, featuring some of the biggest names in the business. The film was fun and featured a lot of cool cars, but our attention was set on that blue '75 Ford Bronco, which was put to use as it should be – jumping obstacles and driving off-road really fast.
Even though both Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock made movies before the 1994 classic "Speed," this motion picture made them A-Class celebrities. It's no surprise, since this movie was a crazy action-packed and high-speed drive through L.A. traffic, which still is exciting even 26 years later.
Yes, Keanu's character is on the bus for most of the time, but we didn't forget his personal car – a gray 1970 Ford Bronco.
The story behind the 2004 Bronco Concept being used in the 2018 movie "Rampage" is very interesting, and we'll bet you didn't know how the 14-year-old concept found its way into a modern movie.
When Dwayne"The Rock" Johnson got the script for this movie, he found that it was clearly noted that the main character drives "an off-road vehicle, a Jeep." Johnson, being an avid Ford fan, asked producers to use a Ford product instead. At that moment, the 2021 Bronco was in development, but the project was top-secret and a few years away from release.
So, what to do? Instead of using the Raptor, producers decided to use the Ford Bronco Concept, which perfectly suited the leading role's character.
Honorable Mention - O.J. Simson's infamous TV chase
In 1993, Ford had produced 32,281 Broncos, but one particular model had become world-famous as a "getaway" vehicle in one of defining moments caught on live TV.
You've probably guessed - the infamous 1993 Bronco was the object of a slow car chase down the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. The white Bronco carried O.J. Simpson, who at the time was a prime suspect in a murder case.
More than 95 million viewers saw the Bronco steadily motoring down the highway, and even though it wasn't the best moment in Bronco's history -- or O.J.'s career -- free marketing is free marketing, right?